PETA Worker Charged With Theft

A dog that was let out by his owner, a sheriff’s deputy, to chase foxes was picked up by a PETA worker who now faces a felony theft charge.

The woman found and picked up the fox hound while working for Southampton County for Norfolk’s PETA. Charges were dropped against another PETA worker in the van. A motorist that witnessed the incident called the deputy sheriff, and he found the van and discovered his own hound in the back of the vehicle.

More on the case after the jump.

From washingtonpost.com:

Cooke [the deputy sheriff] testified that he had let out several of his hounds the night before to chase foxes, and one failed to return. The dog wore a collar bearing Cooke’s name and phone number. Benoit’s lawyer said she planned to call the office so PETA could reach Cooke instead of trying to do so herself.

While General District Judge Robert B. Edwards said he had no doubt that Benoit believed she was doing the right thing, “the right thing in this case was a felony.”

The PETA worker said that she thought the dog was a stray and was trying to return him to his owner.

The case will be heard in Circuit Court.

5 Responses to “PETA Worker Charged With Theft”

  1. trucorgi says:

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    A motorist who saw one of the women placing the dog in the van testified Tuesday that the scene “didn’t look right,” so he called Southampton County Sheriff’s Deputy J.T. Cooke Jr., an animal control officer for the county. Cooke found the van a few minutes later and discovered his Walker hound in the back.

    Cooke testified that he had let out several of his hounds the night before to chase foxes, and one failed to return. The dog carried dye markings of numbers on its side and “JT” on its hip and wore a neon yellow collar bearing Cooke’s name and cell phone number, Cooke said. It also had been outfitted with an orange collar fitted with an antenna that could track the animal for three to four miles.

    By the time he found the PETA van, Cooke had received a second call alerting him that a dog that was likely his had been spotted in the area. So when Cooke stopped the van, he asked the driver - Benoit - whether she had just picked up a dog.

    According to Cooke’s testimony, they had the following conversation:

    “No,” she told him.

    “You didn’t just pick up a dog with zeroes on the side and ‘JT’ on the leg?” replied Cooke, who was in his sheriff’s vehicle and uniform.

    “Oh, you mean that dog. Yeah, it’s in the back,” Benoit responded.

    Cooke saw that the dog no longer had on its tracking collar and asked Benoit where it was.

    “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she told him.

    The tracking collar was found near the side of the road where the dog was picked up. Benjamin said in court that the women had removed it. He said they were right to do so; otherwise they could have been charged with stealing the collar, he argued.

    The prosecution dropped the charge of stealing the collar against Benoit, and both charges against Edwards.

    The women were following PETA policy by not directly trying to contact the dog’s owner through the phone number on the other collar, Benjamin said. They intended to call their office so PETA could reach Cooke, Benjamin said.

    The hound was on its way home before they picked it up, prosecutor Steve Edwards said in his closing argument.

    “The one thing that would have made it difficult to get the dog out of the county was left in the ditch,” he said, referring to the tracking collar.

    “What we have here is a hound that was picked up by an organization from another jurisdiction to do who-knows-what with it,” Steve Edwards said.

    General District Judge Robert B. Edwards said he had no doubt that Benoit believed she was doing the right thing, “but the right thing in this case was a felony.”

    The case will now be set for a trial in Circuit Court.

  2. Trudy Jackson says:

    Please Please go to PETA Kills Animals. It’s all true. I was at the trial.
    I also remember this happening. the same person.

  3. Traci says:

    I know they think no-kills are wrong.

    That angers me immensely.

  4. petslave says:

    That dog was one lucky animal to have that van stopped right then.

    One of the articles I read said they were quoted as saying they were giving the dogs & cats they euthanized “the gift of death”. Make me sick, I used to read their mag to keep up on research info, but I will never have anything to do with this organization again after learning what they do to pets.

  5. doglover says:

    i think the PETA worker was gonna take the dog and not give it back bcuz one it had the phone number on it and name the tracking collar should of been left on peroid. i think the PETA had no bussiness in doing what they did


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